Join us: Charrette Week in Bloomington, IN

Monday, April 22nd marks the beginning of Charrette Week in Bloomington! The South Central Housing Network in partnership with the Corporation for Supportive Housing will host two days of intensive discussions centered around developing a strategy to prevent and end homelessness in our region. These discussions will take place from 8 am - 4 pm on April 22nd and 23rd in the Council Chambers at Bloomington City Hall (401 N. Morton St.).

Topics for discussion include:
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Right Services in the Right Place: Regional Coordination
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Employment and Education
  • Crime, Safety, and Prejudice
  • Housing Stability First: Affordable and Supportive Housing
After gathering input from community members, the findings of the charrette will be presented on Friday, April 26th, from 1:00-3:00 pm at Bloomington City Hall.

Please consider attending this important event to make your voice heard and participate in a community planning process. For more information, please contact Nancy Hiestand at:

Bike for Hope: March 23rd

On Saturday, March 23, 2013, volunteers for New Hope Family Shelter will set up shop in three locations around town to “bike for hope” with the intent of raising awareness and funds for the shelter. Stationary bikes and information tables will be positioned at the entrance to Bloomingfoods East and West from 9 am – 9 pm, as well as on the patio at Upland Brewing Company from 12 – 10 pm.
At each location, volunteers have committed to riding the stationary bikes for the entire day, with the goal of biking a collective 3,354 miles over the course of the event, representing the number of nights of shelter that New Hope provided for individuals in 2012. Additionally, volunteers will be on hand to collect donations for the shelter and share information about the services that New Hope has to offer. Both monetary and in kind donations will be accepted at all locations.

Interested in making a pledge or donation in the name of one of our bikers? Donate here through our Just Give portal. Not sure of how much to pledge or donate? We have a few ideas...
  • $1 per minute that your friend rides the bike. 30 minute shift = $30, 1 hour shift = $60, etc...
  • $5 per mile that your friend rides throughout the day. 6 miles = $30
  • 1 penny per mile that we ride collectively. 3,354 miles = $33.54
  • 1 nickel per mile that we ride collectively. 3,354 miles = $167.70
We'll be tracking our miles and minutes of bike riding time throughout the day, so feel free to stop by at any point to drop off a donation or make a pledge!

We are also still in need of some bike riders and volunteers to manage the information tables. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Caitlin Ryan at:

2013 Homeward Bound Walk

Mark your calendars - Sunday, April 14, 2013 is the official date for the 11th annual Homeward Bound 5K Walk! Homeward Bound is a part of a series of eleven local fundraisers occurring throughout Indiana. As the largest collaboration of nonprofits in Bloomington, it’s a great way to get involved in the community and help work to alleviate homelessness and poverty. Over the past decade, this local event has raised $574,690, 100% of which goes directly to the 12 participating agencies to help people experiencing homelessness with shelter, food, and other emergency assistance needs.
Homeward Bound Bloomington will celebrate from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 at Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park (formerly Third Street Park). Gather a group of your family, friends, or co-workers and form a team!  Registration and donation information is available on the Homeward Bound website. The walk itself is free and open to the public, and the day includes entertainment, food, and refreshments, along with the opportunity to connect with others in the community. If you would like a Homeward Bound t-shirt, there is a minimum $20 donation (will be raised to $25 on April 11).

To register today and join the New Hope Team, click here, select "join an existing team," select "New Hope Family Shelter" as the team, and follow the instructions. Caitlin Ryan is the New Hope Team Leader this year. Once you've created your account, log in and make a donation to ensure that you get your free t-shirt! If you are not interested in joining us for the walk but you would like to donate, click here and use the button on the right to donate on behalf of our team.

Make Your Voice Heard: Community Meeting on March 5th

SCHNThe South Central Housing Network in partnership with the Corporation for Supportive Housing invite you to attend a Community Meeting to weigh in on the most pressing issues in regards to homelessness in our region. This meeting will be held at St. Paul's Catholic Church (1413 E 17th St, Bloomington IN) at 1 pm on March 5th.

Using the input gathered from this community meeting, CSH and SCHN will host an event called a charette, later in April that will guide the region through the process of creating a comprehensive plan for tackling homelessness in South Central Indiana. Our Executive Director, Elaine Guinn, is serving on the steering committee for this charette, and invites all members of the community to participate and make your voice heard!

For answers to questions regarding this meeting, please contact Nancy Hiestand at